Session 6 – Lambeth CLC – 15/12/10

Inspired by a comment last week suggesting how Hitchcock could be made better, there was a screening of the opening few minutes of Walter Salles’ “City of God” – set in the slums of Rio, with all its fast and furious, high energy editing – in complete contrast with last week’s slower more deliberate editing in “North by Northwest”.

Emma recapped basic shot sizes (mentioning a book called: “Filmdirecting: Shot by Shot”):
Extreme Close up
Close up
Medium
Wide/Long

Discussion about how sad things were for the chicken. Great pov shots of chicken running at ground level. The hapless chicken represents the vulnerability of the street kids. How crazy the gang is to be chicken-chasing with guns. Opening shot of knife being sharpened with rasping sound evokes murderous content throughout the film.

After 1st viewing we debate how many cuts this 4 minute clip consisted of: most initial guesses range from 20 to 50. The truth is nearer the 150+ mark. Consider the fact that there are 24 frames per second in film and some of these shots were 2 or 3 frames long. Trying to count them during the 2nd viewing proves tricky. We consider how changes in the music & alterations to the sound effects direct our emotions. Nice circular transition at the end to a childhood flashback. Emma estimates that it would take approx. a week to shoot these 4 minutes of film.

There are newcomers to the session today, so we run through the exercise brief from last week and the boys get started on filming their scene involving the subject reacting to something which is not directly perceived by the audience, i.e. which is out of shot.

I show the boys this blog and some of them indicate an interest in taking a look around and making comments.

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